Obituary 

Vale – Penny Marshall

Hollywood actress and director Penny Marshall, best known as one half of Laverne & Shirley as well as the director of Big, Awakenings and A League of Their Own, has passed away. Ms Marshall was the sister of fellow Hollywood alumni Garry Marshall, and came to prominence early through her co-starring role on the Happy Days spin-off series Laverne & Shirley, playing Laverne DiFazio on the show between 1976 and 1983. She was recognised for her work with three Golden Globe nominations. Previous television work included a recurring guest role…

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Movie Review 

Movie Review – First Man

Principal Cast : Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Gavin Warren, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas, Shea Wigham, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Michael Smith, JD Evermore, Ethan Embry, Ciaran Hinds, Kris Swanberg, William Gregory Lee.Synopsis:  A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. ******** Not to be confused with the 2018 Aardman flick about soccer-playing cavemen in prehistory, First Man sees Whiplash…

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Obituary 

Vale – Sondra Locke

Academy-Award nominated actress Sondra Locke, star of the 1970’s alongside former partner Clint Eastwood, has passed away. Born Sandra Anderson in 1944, the actress known as Sondra Locke landed her first role (following a talent contest to choose a performer) alongside Alan Arkin in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, in 1968, a film which garnered both her and Arkin Oscar-nominations for their work. Supporting roles would follow in Cover Me Babe (1970), Willard (1971), and A Reflection of Fear (1972), and the lead role in The Second Coming Of…

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Movie Review 

Movie Review – Mowgli: Legend of The Jungle

Principal Cast : Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Naomie Harris, Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Jack Reynor.Synopsis:  A human child raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins. ******** Poor Andy Serkis. The man has journeyed from little-known actor to all-round king of motion-capture technology and now modern-day industry titan and his sophomore directorial effort, yet another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”, was blithely sold off by original producing studio Warner Bros Pictures…

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Movie Review Spider-Man Franchise 

Movie Review – Venom

Principal Cast : Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Melora Walters. Synopsis:  When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life. ****** I admit, I was among the cynical horde who decried Sony’s decision to push forward with its Spider-Man-free franchise when they were effectively forced to strike a deal with Disney-held Marvel Studios for the co-rights to the famous web-slinger. What the MCU didn’t get, however, were Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, of which…

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Movie Review Predator Franchise 

Movie Review – Predator, The

Principal Cast : Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski. Synopsis:  When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race. ***** Cult director Shane Black’s return to the Predator franchise – he appeared alongside Schwarzenegger in the ’87 original – was seen by many as a return to greatness for the franchise. It legitimised Fox’s…

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